WWW Wednesday – 7/7

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – ARC – I am still trying to get through this one, it’s a slow start but I really want to finish it but it probably won’t be till the end of the month.
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott – Started this one but not far in, Im hoping to get it done by the end of this week.
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – Im about 70% in and really enjoying it!
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager – Just started this audio.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda – 4 Stars
  • The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary – 3 Stars
  • What If You and Me by Roni Loren – 4 Stars
  • The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – 4.5 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman – This one just came out and I would like to get too it so I can get my review done.
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris – Comes out 7/13 and want to get it read by then.
  • Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson – Just came out 7/6 and I want to get too it asap.
  • Survive The Night by Riley Sager – Highly anticipating this one!!!

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday: July 6th

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 hyped books I love. I went with books that I have seen hyped on social media like youtube and Instagram. These 5 books were all 5 stars for me and 3 of them I have read 2+ times.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Horror novel set in 1950’s Mexico that is about a girl who is trying to find out whats wrong with her cousin. The atmosphere is so creepy in this book and I loved every minute of it. I would also recommend the audio.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – Romance about a woman who is has a chronic illness and after having a near death experience she decides to liven up her life. She enlists the help of her buildings grumpy handyman. Very steamy read!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – One of my favorite books! I loved the relationship building in this one so much, it is a slow burn with heavier topics.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Hands down my favorite enemies to lovers romance and usually what I put others up against that I read. I love silent Joshua so much!

Anxious People by Fredrick Backman – This is the only book I have read by this author and I know it’s pretty different from his others. I loved the quirky-ness of this book and all the characters. I also really enjoyed the concept of a bank robber that doesn’t know what they are doing.

What are some of your most hyped up books that you loved?

June Reading Stats

Happy Monday Friends! I hope everyone who celebrated had a safe and happy 4th. We spent the day with my in-laws and we played games and just had a great time. Today is also day 4 of Summerween and I am not doing great. I have read two books so far this month and none really fit the read-a-thon, I am about 40% through The Only Good Indians which completes 3 of the prompts as it has a black cover, is a horror and has paranormal elements to it. I am still going to try and read Ring Shout and An Ambush of Widows by the end and I want to at least start Survive The Night.

So in June I read 17 books and 11 of those were advance reader copies which was my focus for June. I still have a ton that come out in July but as I said in my maybe TBR I am focusing on mood reading this month. I think my favorite read this month was To Sir With Love, it was such a cute romance. My least favorite was Every Vow You Break, it was such a let down for me.

What was your favorite book this month?

Books I read in June

  • Physical Books – 3 Books
  • E-Books – 9 Books
  • Audio – 5 Books
  • Library Books – 2 Books
  • ARC’s – 11 Books
  • DNF’s – 0 Books
  • Pages Read – 5,932

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 8 Books
  • Thriller/Mystery – 5 Books
  • Contemporary Fiction – 2 Books
  • Fantasy – 1 Book
  • Paranormal Romance – 1 Book

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Year Book Was Published

  • 2020 – 1 Book
  • 2021 – 16 Books

Star Ratings

  • 2 Stars – 1 Books
  • 3 Stars – 2 Book
  • 3.5 Stars – 2 Books
  • 4 Stars – 6 Books
  • 4.5 Stars – 2 Book
  • 5 Stars – 4 Books

2 Stars

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

3 Stars

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

3.5 Stars

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

4 Stars

The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

The Return of The Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda

4.5 Stars

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winefrey

5 Stars

Breaking Badger by Shelly Laurenston

When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton

To Sir With Love by Lauren Layne

ReCap on my May Challenges

  • For my Backlist book I read – Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
  • For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month was a word associated with a name or title and I chose Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin .
  • Goodreads Goal – 92/125 – 74%

Buddy Reads and ARCs I wanted to get too

  • Written In The Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
  • The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda – 4 Stars
  • Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica – 4 Stars
  • They Never Learn by Layne Fargo – Still Listening too this one
  • It Had To Be You by Georgia Clark out 5/4
  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz out 5/11 – Still reading this one
  • The Maiden’s by Alex Michaelides out 6/15 – 4.5 Stars

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

S4S – June 6th

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme created by A Little But A Lot and today’s topic is: Summer-y colors. There were so many ways I could have gone with this prompt, colors, real pictures of summer covers, floral. It was hard to choose but I went with covers that scream summer.

  • Meet Me In Pardaise by Libby Hubscher – Contemporary Romance
  • Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras – Contemporary Romance
  • The Siren by Katherine St. John – Thriller
  • Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – Thriller – releases 2022
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Historical Fiction
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Contemporary Romance

What books do yo think have summer-y covers?

June Book Haul

Happy Saturday! I brought home 15 books in the month of June. Overall it was a pretty decent month for me, I don’t feel like I purchased too many books this month especially because I didn’t really do any thrifting.

What books did you get in June?

Books I Bought

  • A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams – Thriller
  • Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica – Thriller – 4 Stars
  • Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren – Contemporary Romance
  • Hostage by Claire MacKintosh – Thriller
  • Goblin by Josh Malerman – Horror

Gifted Books

  • West End Earl by Bethany Bennett – Historical Romance – From Forever Publishing
  • House Of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland – YA Horror – IG win
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott – Thriller – From Novel Suspects
  • Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda – Thriller – From Simon and Schuster – 3.5 Stars
  • Ruby Falls by Deborah Goodrich Royce – IG win
  • Seven Days In June by Tia Williams – From Grand Central
  • The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter – Thriller – IG win

Books from Books Boxes

  • Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri – Fantasy – Unplugged
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Historical Fiction – Authentic Book Box
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston – Contemporary Romance – Unplugged – 4 Stars

Let’s Talk Bookish – July 2nd

Friday’s are for The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme which is a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky@EternityBooks and Dani@Literary Lion and todays topic is: PROLOGUES AND EPILOGUES: ARE THEY NECESSARY? (SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)

What’s the difference between having something as a prologue vs. a chapter 1? I feel like a prologue can be used to give you information that is crucial to the plot but might not involve the main characters. Or if the book is about an event in the past then its a way to show that without starting the story there and then moving forward.

Is it too much to have both a prologue and epilogue? Nope!

Do you think epilogues have more value because they might tie up loose ends? For me thats what I like. I like knowing how things end, I am not a fan of endings that leave you wanting more.

Do prologues have more value because they can set the scene? I don’t think so.

Do you prefer having neither? I prefer epilogues but can really take or leave them.

Do you like prologues and epilogues?

Summerween TBR

Hello Friends and happy first day of Summerween!! This is a read-a-thon that is hosted by Gabbyreads and Oliviareadalatte over on youtube. The idea is to read as many horror and thriller books in the summer. This runs from July 2nd – 8th. Below you will find the prompts and some book ideas I have for each one. I have also decided I will probably carry this theme throughout the entire month of July and mood read my thrillers and other books I have been wanting to get too.

Challenges

1) bake or make a drink with your spooky read – I am really into this cocktail right now called a transfusion and it is sooo good plus the name is kind of creepy!

2) read a book in the dark – will probably read one of the books from my kindle since I tend to read that at night and in bed.

3) read a paranormal book – Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James, Mile High With A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

4) read a horror book – Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark, Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

5) read a book with black or orange on the cover (or both) An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott, Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams, Survive The Night by Riley Sager

These are some other Thrillers that I would like to try and get to this month.

  • Hostage by Claire Mackintosh
  • A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams
  • Goblin by Josh Malerman
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris

Summerween Book Tag

Happy Thursday! I am doing the Summerween tag today in preparation for the Read-A-Thon starting tomorrow! This tag was created by Colleen over on youtube https://youtu.be/kRDjuBj5NHc @LittleGhostCreations and you can find the SUMMERWEEN announcement video here https://youtu.be/7emE-6lSBPo

THE QUESTIONS:

1. What spooky reads are you most excited about in your TBR list/pile right now? A Dark and Secret Place, Survive The Night and when it comes out The Final Girls Support Group

2. What’s your favorite revenge novel? I can’t say that I really have read many revenge novels. I am currently listening to They Never Learn and that one is pretty good. Let me know your favorite in the comments!!

3. What’s a horror or thriller/crime book you wish you could experience for the first time? The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

4. Sucks to suck! You were just given a handful of your least favorite candy. The one not even your siblings or friends will trade for. What candy is it and what spooky book did you want to love that disappointed you? I really don’t like Mike and Ikes! And I have read 3 books this year that disappointed me, Every Vow You Break, The Sanatorium and Lie To Me.

5. Time to put on your costume! If you could exist in one spooky novel, which one would it be? Who would your best friend be? I wouldn’t want to stay there but I would love to see the house in Mexican Gothic! Not sure who my best friend would be maybe just my husband.

6. What’s your favorite haunted house book and/or television show? I loved The Sun Down Motel and again the house in Mexican Gothic.

7. The food question. You can ONLY pick one from each would you rather. A. Chocolate or Sour Candy? B. Coffee or tea? C. Apple or pumpkin pie? Chocolate all the way!!! Out of those two it would be tea but I am more of a pepsi girl. I think I would go with Apple because of pie and cider!

8. Show us your favorite book with a witch or a woman who gets screwed over by society and the patriarchy. I am struggling with this prompt! I don’t read a ton of books about witches. I would love to know your favorites!

9. Which book on your shelves or audiobook library has the scariest book cover? So I am a pretty big chicken and am not a fan of scary pictures so I don’t have really have any. However, the covers for My Best Friends Exorcism and Goblin are pretty creepy looking to me.

10. It’s Summerween and it’s hot outside! What book(s) do you recommend that give off summer vibes? Think lakes, cabins beaches, etc. Whatever reminds you of summer! They Last Time I Lied, The House At The Bottom Of The Lake and The Colorado Kid.

11. You and your friends are exploring a well known haunted house. You get separated and suddenly you hear screams coming from somewhere upstairs. You run into the next room and find two of your friends. Which 2 fictional characters are they? Who do you want in this situation with you? I would take Gwen Proctor from The Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine because she is such a badass!! She will do anything to protect her loved ones. I would also want Will Trent from the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter because I just love him.

12. Trick or treat! Stephen King, H. P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, and Shirley Jackson are at your front door. Who do you give the best and biggest candy bar to? I think I will say Shirley Jackson.

13. What is your favorite spooky book to movie adaptation where both of them are good? So I don’t watch scary movies at all and can’t say I have seen any.

#summerween #booktag #readathon #horrorbooks

WWW Wednesday – 6/30

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three Ws are:
What are currently reading?
What have you finished reading?
What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – ARC
  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott
  • The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary


What did you recently finish reading?

  • Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica – 4 Stars
  • Such A Quite Place by Megan Miranda – 3.5 Stars
  • To Sir With Love by Lauren Layne – 5 Stars
  • Return of The Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
  • What If You and Me by Roni Loren
  • The Therapist by B.A. Paris
  • Too Good To Be Real by Melonie Johnson

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

July (Maybe) TBR

I think I am going to try and mood read this month! I have spent the last 2 months focusing on arcs and while I am still behind for July I want to try and prioritize some of the new books I have gained in the last few months.

For my back list books (which is any book I bought prior to January 1st 2021)

  • Not sure on this one, will have to see where my mood takes me.

ARC’s For July that I need to read. I have so many this month and most of them are out on the 6th!

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s word is Last and it needs to be somewhere in the title.

  • The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Other Books I would like to try and get too.

  • Meet Me In Paradise by Libby Hubscher
  • Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams
  • Hostage by Claire Mackintosh
  • Seven Days In June by Tia Williams
  • Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Survive The Night by Riley Sager

I also am going to try and participate in Summerween which is hosted by Gabbyreads and Oliviareadalatte on youtube. This readathon is about reading horror and thrillers in Summer. It takes place from July 2 – 8. I will post my tbr in a few days once I narrow down what I want to read.

Challenges:

1) bake or make a drink with your spooky read

2) read a book in the dark

3) read a paranormal book

4) read a horror book

5) read a book with black or orange on the cover (or both)

Again these are all books that I would like to read soon but I know I probably won’t get to most of these. What are you reading this month? Are you participating in any fun reading challenges?